Pakistan cricket team is playing their first four-day warm up game in England against Kent. Here is a look at 3 reasons that explain why their performance hasn’t been up to the mark in the tour opener and why Pakistan is not off to a good start in England, for sure.
1. Likely Playing Eleven Has 4 Recognized Bowlers Only!
Looking to rebuild following the retirement of the Mis-You pair, Pakistan doesn’t seem to have learnt their lesson. Yasir Shah’s injury and that of some of the other bowlers during the last couple of years or so have been a direct result of Pakistan’s strategy to employ four recognized bowlers while playing the longest version of the game.
Still, while presenting their likely eleven in the tour opener, Pakistan despite having an all-rounder Faheem Ashraf in the squad, once again has opted to go in with a bowling attack that comprises four regular bowlers only.
It seems that Pakistan is yet to learn their lesson; something that can eventually, result in a couple of bowlers injured and that too with only a few months to go before the next world cup.
2. Selecting Rahat Ahead of Abbas
Surprisingly, Pakistan selected pacer Rahat Ali ahead of Mohd. Abbas. If this is what the think tank has in mind for the Test matches to come then critics will have very little choice but to question their common sense.
I mean you play Abbas in the West Indies and UAE where wickets hardly provide assistance to his kind of bowlers. Now that he performed well despite the aforesaid, you drop him in English conditions that are conducive to swing bowlers like him. To say the least, it is just mind boggling and hence, explains why Pakistan is not off to a good start in England.
3. Bundled Out for 168!
Pakistan’s batting line was always going to be a reason of concern for the team management. Nevertheless, you still don’t expect them to be dismissed for a 168 runs against a county side.
With another warm up game before Pakistan meets Ireland in the inaugural Test, let’s just hope that the men in green are able to get their act together and finalize a playing eleven that can at least beat the Irish boys when the two sides meet on the 11th of May, 2018!